American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Greek Mythology Of or relating to the underworld.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the under world.
- adj. Dwelling within or under the earth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Pertaining to the earth; earthy.
- adj. dwelling beneath the surface of the earth
- From Ancient Greek χθών (khthōn, "ground"). (Wiktionary)
- From Greek khthonios, of the earth, from khthōn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ The idea that this number was "chthonic" and a monopoly of the Sibylline utterances was started by”
“The ensuing race to the deadline is a pacy affair that alternates between the hapless Tamara's frequent recourse to her thesaurus S*nday, she reckons, is just the place to scatter words such as "chthonic" and "hermeneutic" and Tait's grim determination to keep her would-be profiler at bay, particularly from her rather murky private life.”
“Can you imagine in the 1930's, the heroic central character fighting evil wizards and chthonic monsters alongside a black man?”
“Ingersoll traces all images of the dragon back to Tiamat, the watery, primordial goddess slain by Marduk in the Enuma Elish, a Babylonian version of the combat myth; as they appear in various myths around the world, dragons are typicallly associated with water, though in different contexts, so that some are rain gods, some are guardians of underground pools, and some are chthonic representatives of the chaotic sea.”
“The point of low fantasy is to watch clean-limbed fighting men from Virginia clash flashing blades against surly yet brawny barbarians from Cimmeria during the last days of Rome on Mars or something, and maybe rescue a half-naked space princess from eldritch evil priests, eldritch chthonic demons, eldritch undead, eldritch pirates, eldritch highwaymen, eldritch encyclopedia salesmen of darkness.”
“The car the Aventador replaces, the Murcielago, set the modern standard for dysfunctional supercar love: ferocious, belt-high, chthonic, a car so pagan you should use a reindeer cape as a car cover.”
“Andre Bauer and why I am a refugee in my own country (NSFW) by chthonic no comments, 3 recommends”
“The chthonic Dick Whitman still lurks in the shadows, threatening to resurface when others discover the secret box of relics.”
“Down here mired in the clay of mortal flesh, readers are faced with the gunk and dreck of life, invited to notice what is underfoot, to enter and value the chthonic kingdom and taste its indelicacies.”
“Thus, places where nature is dominant are dedicated to chthonic or earthy deities Demeter and Hera, and places where man's intellect and discipline complement and oppose the chthonic forces are dedicated to Apollo.”
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